San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal

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Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
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September 29, 2015

San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal
Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Honored by New Landmark Libraries 2015

The San Francisco Public Library is proud to announce the selection of the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library as a winner of Library Journal’s 2015 New Landmark Libraries.  Originally opened in 2013 as part of the Branch Library Improvement Program, funded by a City bond measure, the branch has become a focal point for the Bayview neighborhood in which it residesbayview.

“We are extremely excited to receive this award from Library Journal, and proud to share it with the Bayview community.  Their efforts to make this library their own are what created the stunning space we have today” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

A true community effort, the branch was designed with many of the rich cultural influences of the Bayview at its core.  Earth-toned linoleum tiles that resemble a Kente cloth pattern offer an inviting exterior.  A beautiful interior courtyard offers simple design elements like wooden benches and a tree garden all with the opportunity for quiet outdoor contemplation.

The library building was designed by Hacker(formerly THA Architecture) and Karin Payson A & D of San Francisco and constructed by KCK Builders, a Bayview-based firm. The building received LEED Gold certification and is set with sustainable green features like a green roof, solar cells and clerestory windows.

“The Bayview/ Linda Brooks-Burton Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is a stunning example of how a library can honor a community’s history while laying out a path for its continued growth” said Toby Greenwalt of Library Journal.

The construction of the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch cost $13.5 million as part of a bond measure voted on in 2000.  The furniture, fixtures and equipment inside the library was paid for by funds raised by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Originally named Bayview Branch, the building added the name of Linda Brooks-Burton by a vote of the Library Commission in 2014. A beloved figure, Linda Brooks-Burton was a longtime librarian, role model and branch manager of the Bayview branch.  She passed away in September of 2013.

“Linda was the embodiment of peace; she had a spirit of calm that was infectious and I feel she would be proud of this accomplishment” said Lydia Vincent-White, community resident.

For more information on the New Landmark Libraries 2015 Award see the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton selection.